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5 events to watch before Moldova’s 2014 elections

Moldova’s upcoming elections in November present short-term and long-term political risks. Here are five specific events to watch in the coming months. 1. Short-term support for the European Union The situation in Moldova has been one of overwhelming support for accession to the European Union in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The ruling Liberal Democratic coalition has […]

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Broadband faces long last mile in Middle East and Africa

Big infrastructure projects are already in place to improve much of the Middle East and Africa’s expensive and slow Internet. For many countries, however, many issues lie ahead. Over the last five years, there has been a spate of new international subsea fiber-optic cable networks linking African and Middle Eastern coastal countries to the global […]

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Resurgence of MFN clauses in contracts and treaties

Most favored nation clauses have been around for centuries. Perhaps because of their increasing popularity, however, governments and the public are starting to question how well they work.  What do U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the head of a prominent Ghanaian business lobby, South Africa’s Department […]

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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as his wife Queen Sirikit and son Vajiralongkorn look on on his 80th birthday at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Thailand sits at edge of political storm

With Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ousting at the hands of the Thai Supreme Court on May 7th, Thailand’s political paralysis is set to restart. The anti-government Yellow Shirts have welcomed the move, but Shinawatra’s zealous Red Shirt supporters have flocked to Bangkok. More ominously, the health of King Bhumibol (Rama IX) continues to decline, presenting a […]

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Taksim protests 2013; Source: Alan Hilditch via Wikipedia

Corruption still a major hurdle for Turkey

Recent manifestations of entrenched corruption in Turkey threaten to unsettle investor confidence. The outcome of the Turkish local elections on March 30 left many political observers somewhat uneasy about the prospects for democracy in the foreseeable future. The AKP, riddled by last summer’s massive protests and a corruption probe that would have left the ruling party […]

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Nigeria tackles its pension problems

Nigeria’s recent pension reform seeks to make significant changes to the current system and signals Nigeria may be a good investment. On April 8, 2014 the Nigerian Senate passed the Pension Reform Act of 2014 which repeals the Reform Act of 2004. Following the vote, the upper house of the Nigerian legislature has asked President […]

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Colombia’s pro-business election results could attract foreign investment

The election of the Democratic Center party into the Colombian Senate and Chamber of Representatives shifts the national political discussion to the right and strengthens the bargaining position of capital and business interests. Colombia’s new legislative makeup provides very favorable political conditions for foreign investment. The recent legislative elections in Colombia focused almost exclusively on […]

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Financial firms still overexposed to climate risks

A report released earlier in March stressed the need to address high carbon risk in financial firms’ assets. Large institutional investors continue have continued to divest from fossil fuel stocks. A recent study found that the EU financial sector’s exposure to carbon risk amounts to €1 trillion worth of assets with pensions funds bearing the highest […]

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ICJ grants Peru more ocean, maintains Chilean fishing grounds in ruling

On January 27th 2014, the International Court of Justice compromised in determining the maritime boundary between Peru and Chile, granting rights to key fishing stocks. Ruling on a case filed by Peru in 2008, the International Court of Justice brought a longstanding dispute between Peru and Chile to a close and gave each country rights […]

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Brazil embraces immigration reform

Brazil has announced plans for a streamlined work visa application for skilled foreign workers, which should help fill its current skilled labor shortage. 2013 brought plenty of difficulties for Brazil. Mass protests over the summer, spurred by increases in public transportation fares, resulted in many questioning the viability and endurance of the Brazilian economy and […]

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